Join film fans around Australia at Tropfest on Sunday February 17 for a fun day of film, music and red carpet action!
Sydney short film fans can head to The Domain from 11am to get comfy on the grass for Tropfest 2013. Here’s how the day will play out:
Before we get in to the main event, the day’s festivities kick off with Trop Jr, the short film competition for little people (with big ideas). Now in its sixth year, Trop Jr is about inspiring young people to make films and follows the same format as Tropfest, and this year’s event will be hosted by music presenter Ash London.
This kids-only event will screen 16 films made by kids 15 years old and younger. There will be some entertainment by dance troupe Zigitty Crew before the films are screened, and the winners will be announced at around 1.55pm. The Trop Jr winner gets $2000 cash and a $500 ticket voucher, $1800 worth of AFTRS Open short courses and a PlayStationVita LittleBigPlanet bundle. Prizes also go out to two runner-ups.
After that, Tropfesters will get a nice dose of pre-festival entertainment from 3pm. First up, you’ll be able to catch Sydney indie rock outfit Round The Corner for a live performance.They’ll be followed by MEG MAC, who has been described as an ‘unexpected new soul sound’. Her classy vocals have caught the ears of Triple J Unearthed and her debut single ‘Known Better’ is currently getting radio play.
Clubfeet will round out the early musical entertainment, and with two albums under their belt they’re sure to put on quite the show. The band hail from Melbourne (via Cape Town) and have already gained international notoriety for their catchy tunes.
Neatly segueing in from music to film, the second official competition announcement begins with a performance from Jared Underwood, the winner of 2013 APRA Tropscore, Tropfest’s film score competition at 5:50pm. Tropscore is all about film music and this year will feature Matt Bird’s inspiring film The Exchange.
After the celebrities and judges hit the red carpet, Kate Miller Heidke will serenade crowds before the Tropfest Finalists will have their films screened. The panel of judges will evaluate the films live on the night, and the short films (each under seven minutes) will be screened to the live crowd, judges and television audience in two sets of eight films.
Festival creator and director John Polson is excited about the quality of this year’s films: “We were blown away by the immense talent in our shortlist this year and picking 16 films from hundreds of entries was not easy,” says Polson. “These films demonstrate the incredible number of compelling storytellers out there.”
At 10pm, we’ll all be on the edge of our seats (or picnic rugs) to hear the judges’ decisions – awarding a $10,000 cash prize, a Toyota Corolla Levin ZR and trip to LA, as well as a Nikon D800 and $2000 RRP of Nikon lenses and accessories to the winner of Tropfest. Prizes are also awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place winners, best male actor, best female actor and the winner of the Nikon DSLR category who will receive a Nikon D600 and $3,000RRP of Nikon lenses and accessories. This category is new this year, and is exclusively for films shot entirely on DSLR. Five of this year’s 16 finalists were shot on DSLR.
The Tropfest Signature Item will be announced for 2014, too – so pay attention if you hope to enter something next year.
Finally, celebrations will begin with a performance from RÜFÜS, one of Sydney’s most exciting musical acts. The indie dance trio have already sold out concerts both overseas and locally. Party people can keep the good vibes going at the Cake Wines Tropfest Pop Up Bar at The Rocks until late.
Nikon Australia will also premiere their first social film, ‘A Little Word Coloured YES’, curated by Tropfest alumni, Jason van Genderen, who worked closely with Jon Roy (composer of Jason’s Tropfest NY 2008 winning film, ‘Mankind Is No Island’). This beautiful story, based on the theme ‘humanity/the world’, as selected by popular-demand, is composed of words captured by the Australian creative community who were asked to ‘#ShareAWord’ on Instagram. ‘#ShareAWord’ was created to celebrate the release of the first smart camera built on the AndroidTM platform – the Nikon COOLPIX S800c. Twelve of these WiFi-enabled cameras were given away to the most creative entries submitted each week. You can see a sneak peak of the film in the behind-the-scenes showing Jason’s creative process to pull the story together.
And remember: if you can’t get to The Domain on Sunday you can watch the main event unfold live on free to air TV on SBS One from 8:30pm. This year’s free to air broadcast (and festival screens) will be hosted by Adam Spencer and Yumi Stynes, who’ll make sure those at home don’t miss a thing!
When: Sunday February 17, from 11am – late
Where: The Domain, Sydney
What: Trop Jr, Tropscore, Tropfest
Nikon COOLPIX S800c: http://mynikonlife.com.au/s800c
#ShareAWord Sneak Peak: http://www.shareaword.com.au